Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Trading His Camera for a Brush

Charles Sheeler Took Masterly Photos, and Then an Unwise Leap

By Blake Gopnik @ Washington Post

Every last move an artist makes -- every last move -- has social and political implications. Draw a female nude, and you're not just depicting an attractive chunk of biomass. You're invoking the entire history of gender politics, and how that has panned out in art. Choose to paint in watercolor, and you're not just working in a pretty medium. You're calling to mind a whole bunch of associations that watercolor has with decorous gentility. You can fight those associations; your work might even manage to outshout them. But you can't pretend such social realities, or your struggle against them, simply aren't present in your art.


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